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2012 Infiniti FX Review

The 2012 Infiniti FX impressed reviewers with its powerful engine choices and athletic handling, but they said its ride can feel harsh and it offers limited space for cargo and passengers.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine choices
  • Nimble handling
  • Harsh ride
  • Less cargo space than rivals
  • Cramped back seat

New for 2012

  • Updated front-end styling
  • Heated front seats became standard
  • New Limited Edition FX35 AWD model




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Infiniti FX Overview

Test drivers said the 2012 Infiniti FX35's standard V6 engine is plenty powerful and that the V8-powered FX50 is incredibly fast and fun to drive. The FX comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on the FX35 and standard on the FX50. The 2012 FX35 gets up to gets an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low compared to two-wheel drive rivals’ estimates. Reviewers said the FX feels very agile around curves and has strong brakes and sharp steering. However, several reviewers noted that the ride can feel harsh on bumpy roads.

Test drivers were impressed with the build quality and upscale materials in the 2012 Infiniti FX’s cabin. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, reviewers noted, but several said the back seat is tight and that taller rear passengers will wish for more head- and legroom. Cargo space is on the low end of the class, at 62 cubic feet. The Infiniti FX comes standard with an 11-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, heated and power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a sunroof, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control and a rearview camera. Available features include navigation, upgraded leather upholstery, front sport seats with greater side support, ventilated front seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, brake assist and an Around View monitor, which provides a 360-degree view around the vehicle. Test drivers said that the audio and navigation systems are easy to use once you’re accustomed to the layout.

Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers said the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg’s ride is quiet and comfortable. The Touareg’s back seat has plenty of head- and legroom, critics noted, and said the available diesel-powered model has ample power and returns good fuel economy.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has more cargo space than the FX and reviewers praised its back seat for its ample legroom. The M-Class easily absorbs bumps in the road and provides a supple ride, they added.

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